500th Penny Post Newsletter 21 – 28 September 2017

Local News  

This week’s Local News including fly tipping, policing, popular names, tramways and road closures.

Local Events – see below
500th PP Newsletter

When Penny Post first started there was no intention of having regular articles on various topics (indeed, there was no Penny Post website on which these could be posted). Over the years, we are delighted to have found contributors of gardening articles,  guides to the night sky (from the Newbury Astronomical Society), articles on local fauna and flora including cats, dogs, ticks, voles, mink, bees, hedgehogs, birds, bluebell woods, fruit harvesting and despatches from the never-ending war between garden owners and their enemies such as slugs and caterpillars.

Seasonal recipes are also featured weekly, many from professional chefs at Honesty Cookery School, The Wheatsheaf and The Merry Kitchen, others from us and our friends.

What else? Penny Post publishes interviewsreviews, and advice on a range of areas including careerspropertyfinancemotoringhealth and technology. Every Thursday we publish a Local News summary of the main stories from local papers and websites and any eye-catching national or international issues. There is a calendar of events. We have an ever-expanding listing over over 100 local courses and classes. Our sections on propertyjobs and items wanted or for saleare increasingly popular. There are sections covering sportsarts and voluntary groups, among others. Finally, there are Brian’s contributions which range from tales of personal injury and social confusion to short stories, literary parodies and articles on contemporary issues.

Penny Post has always aimed to focus on the positive aspects of life. When bad things happen, we try to suggest a remedy. In some cases, the solution is simply to provide accurate information about a situation that is perhaps not as awful as it sometimes reported elsewhere. When we think things do need changing we’ve supported numerous local campaigns and will continue to do so, just as we’ll continue to promote local businesses and spread local news and information through our newsletters, our website and on social media.

Please take a moment to have a wander round pennypost.org.uk – several links are provided above and we add more every day. If there’s anything you’d like to contribute please email penny@pennypost.org.uk.

We’d also like to thank all our contributors and all those who have over the last few years given us moral, practical or financial support (this might be a good moment to mention that should you wish to make a donation to Penny Post, you can do so by clicking here).

It is also really helpful to us if you forward this link to anyone you know who might like to subscribe to this newsletter – or tell them there is a fat pink ‘Sign Up’ button on the right side of every page of pennypost.org.uk

Thank you! 

Inspiring Local People

Enough about us. We meet a lot of amazing people through Penny Post and we’d like to pay tribute to a few here:

Seeds2Glory‘s Ricardo Defazio has just returned from a marathon 440 mile cycle ride to Italy and is waiting to hear if he’s set a new World Record. Click here for the full story and his offer to support your challenge for 2018.

Many people have challenges not of their choosing and I can’t imagine how they cope…

Do you remember Matt Henson, the bloke who had a stroke on our village fun run in 2013? He actually had a brain haemorrhage which left him completely helpless. Click here to find out how well he’s doing now.

11 year old Mikayla Beames from Childrey near Wantage was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was four. Despite her own ordeals of chemotherapy and sight loss, Mikayla lives life to the full and has set up the Team Mikayla charity to grant wishes to other children with cancer. Click herefor more about Mikayla’s award from Prince Harry and how you can support TM.

Our thoughts are with Catherine Hill and Warren Ballantyne whose only child James Ballantyne died in a car accident in July 2015. They are currently walking the Camino de Santiago Pilgrim’s Way which they find therapeutic to do every year around the time of James’ birthday. James was a talented electronic engineer and they have also founded the James Ballantyne Memorial Fund to encourage other young engineers and advance education in STEM subjects.


Special Offers

As promised, a selection of special offers to celebrate our 500th issue! Note that many of them are first come, first served. We shall hope to have a similar array to offer you in the run up to Christmas. See below for bumper 500th PP quizzes.


• Local family support worker Philly Buck has a mum in urgent need of a child/dog gate to make her kitchen safe and a family who urgently need an electric cooker (either over- or under-counter). If you can help with either please contact Philly on pbuck@hungerford.w-berks.sch.uk

• Hungerford Primary School is looking for donations of sofas and comfy chairs to create a café area for parents. Please call the school office on 01488 682 230.


To Rent
• Froxfield: a newly-refurbished three-bed semi-detached house with lovely rural views and driveway parking. Available now. Unfurnished. Available through Nye & Co: click here for details.
• Hungerford: a spacious two-bed first-floor maisonette a moment’s walk from the High Street. £725pcm. Available now. See Nye & Co. for more details.
• Hungerford: a newly built, immaculately presented, detached three-bedroom house situated a short walk from the town centre. £1,150pcm. Available through Nye & Co: click here for details.
• Hungerford: a two-bedroom first-floor flat situated a short walk from the town centre. Available through Nye & Co: click here for details.
• Kintbury: a three-bedroom semi-detached house, with parking close to the village centre and railway line. £1,150pcm Available through Nye & Co: click here for details.
• Hungerford: a newly refurbished two-bedroom end-of-terrace house with car port and rear courtyard. £850pcm. Available through Nye & Co: click here for details.
• Hungerford: recently refurbished house one double bedroom, occasional bedroom/study, residents’ parking. See Nina Clark Lettings for more details
• Kintbury: a double-bedroom annexe to let on the outskirts of Kintbury, available by the night or for longer periods. For more details, please click here.
• Hungerford: a three-bedroom family house with garage. See Nina Clark Lettings for more details

For Sale
• HungerfordHopgrass Open Barn £595,000 with Nye & Co.
• Hungerford: A four-bedroom house in Bourne Grove, guide price £415,000 with Brearley & Rich.

Local Jobs

See the Penny Post website for local jobs including:
Pharmacy Technician, Ramsbury • Second Chef, Froxfield • Care Assistant, Froxfield • Wine-merchant Staff, Hungerford • PA/Administrator, Hungerford • Riding Assistant, Hungerford Newtown • Community Governors, Hungerford • Teaching Assistants, Hungerford • Experienced Rider, Fawley • Sous Chef, Hungerford • Native Spanish Speaker to help teach language courses, Wickham • Minibus Driver, Kintbury • Head Waiter or Waitress, Chilton Foliat • Bar Staff, Hungerford • Part-time Butcher, near Lambourn • Cleaner, East Garston • Apple Pressers and Delivery Drivers, near Hungerford • Maintenance/Handyperson, Hungerford • Assistant Restaurant Manager and Food and Beverage Team Member, both Chilton Foliat • Homecare Staff, throughout the area • Marquee Riggers, throughout the area • Curtain Maker, near Hungerford • Restaurant Manager and Bar and Restaurant Staff, Great Shefford • A range of catering and hospitality career opportunities, Chilton Foliat • Receptionist, near Aldermaston • Night Porter, Hungerford • Freelance Digital Marketing Manager • Chef, Wickham • Front of House Staff, Hungerford • Volunteer AONB Ambassadors, throughout the area • Nursing and Domiciliary Care Staff, Letcombe Regis.

Local Businesses 

Animals & Agriculture • Automotive • Family Life •  Food & Drink •  Health, Beauty & Wellbeing • House & Garden • Legal & Professional • IT, Media & Web • Visual & Performing Arts • Retailers • Travel & Tourism • Tuition & Training

Please support the businesses which support Penny Post!


To celebrate our 500th issue, we have no fewer than three quizzes for you this week:

• PP Local Quiz. First prize: Meal for two and a room for the night at The Pheasant. Runner-up prize: local produce hamper.

• PP Local Photo Quiz. First prize: Two Premier Enclosure tickets to Newbury Racecourse. Runner-up prize: local produce hamper.

• PP Website Quiz. First prize: Spa day for two at Natura Spa at Audley Inglewood. Runner-up prize: local produce hamper.

There is still time to Win two Steam Train tickets on the Cathedrals Express Hungerford to Kingswear on Sat 14 Oct – entry deadline is this Monday 25 Sept.

Charity Plugs

• “Please can you pass on my thanks to your readers for the large numbers of trainers donated for the use of the mental health service users in Swindon. They have enabled many of the patients to access the gym, where previously they would have been declined to due lack of adequate footwear. The donations have made a real difference to people’s quality of life and they are very much appreciated.” If anyone else has trainers or pumps to spare please contact Libby on pannettsmith@btinternet.com

• See this week’s Local News for a list of just some of the people who’ve raised money for good causes recently (if you know of any person or organisation that deserves a mention in this way, let us know).

Seasonal Snippets

• this week’s recipe: Apple & Sage Sausage Rolls from Jo at The Merry Kitchen

• according to Totally Locally if every adult spent an extra £5 per week in an independent shop, an extra £1.5 million would be added to the local economy! Makes you think doesn’t it? Here are some fab ways to spend a fiver on Hungerford High St starting this Sat 23 Sept.

• Newbury College asks you to complete a short survey about what you think they do well, and how they can improve.

• Know any unsung heros? Nominate a community group or local volunteer for the West Berkshire Community Champion Award? Nomination deadline is Fri 27 Oct.

•  do not forget roadworks on the A338 in Great Shefford next week mean you cannot drive through the village en route to Hungerford, Newbury, Wantage or Lambourn

• Guide to Local Courses in September includes a wide variety of art, craft, cookery, music, drama, dance, language, IT, fitness, sport, adventure, dog training and wellbeing workshops and courses.

• See this week’s Local News for our usual Thursday ramble through some of the area’s local stories (including some from a bit further afield – we get as far as Pluto this week).

• can’t believe this is really our 500th newsletter…thanks for reading this far and to everyone who has RSVP’d so far to the party invitation and sent us best wishes. Now to collapse with a glass of prosecco on the sofa, not forgetting that our sofa has a dodgy leg so you have to collapse quite gently…

See below for a selection of upcoming local events.


Local Events

Arts for Hungerford‘s great September line-up includes Frida Kahlo Film (Fri 22), book talks, stand-up comedy (Sat 23) and more.

Hungerford Visual Arts Trail 21-30 Sept – discover over 30 artists showcasing in 16 venues with several inspiring workshops including Walking and Drawing with Rebecca SwainstonDrawing at Barrs YardClay Workshop with Diana BarracloughCaricature Drawing and Portrait Workshop

Fri 22 Sept

500th Penny Post Party 6-8pm The Magistrate’s Room Hungerford Town Hall. Please RSVP by replying to this email.”Life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories” Supper Talk 6.30 for 7pm The Upper Crust, Empire Cafe, Newbury. Speaker: Sue Farrant on Study Tour to the West Bank & Israel. Tickets £19 from Graeme Panting on OxfamExploration@hotmail.co.uk

Quiz Night 7.30pm John O’Gaunt School, Hungerford. Tickets £5 per person from school office on 01488 682 400.
…plus more on the PP website calendar.

Sat 23 Sept

Alder Bridge School Open Day 10am-12pm, Padworth. The only Steiner Waldorf school in the Thames Valley area for 3-14 year olds.
Dress-making Workshop 10am – 1pm Hungerford Youth & Community Centre
Lambourn Indoor Market 10am – 1pm Walwyn Hall, Lambourn. In aid of 1st Lambourn Brownies.
Community Mural 10am – 3pm Hungerford Town Hall Steps
Fiver Fest Launch up Hungerford High St with great ways to spend £5 in local shops!
…plus more on the PP website calendar 

Sun 24 Sept

Thatcham Car Boot Sale 8.30am – 4pm Thatcham Memorial Hall
Swindon Repair Cafe 2 – 5pm Eastcott Community Hall
…plus more on the PP website calendar 

Weds 27 Sept

Curry Night at the Queens Arms, East Garston.
Free screening of In Transition 2.0 The Croft Hall, Hungerford.
…plus more on the PP website calendar.

Thurs 28 Sept

Author Talk Gainsborough: A Portrait  7.30pm Hungerford Town Hall. Don’t miss this fascinating talk by James Hamilton on his Radio 4 Book of the Week.
…plus more on the PP website calendar.

Fri 29 Sept

Macmillan Coffee Morning – click the link to find one near you plus one in Pangbourne Library and  East Garston Village Hall 10.30am – 12pm
Rainbow Girls 8pm Ace Space, Newbury On tour from California. Playing an acoustic set.
…plus more on the PP website calendar.

Coming Soon 

Thatcham Festival 7 to 20 Oct
Hungerford Food Festival Sun 8 Oct Get your pinnies on to enter the Hungerford Cook-Off
Hungerford Literary Festival Fri 13 to Sun 15 Oct
Cocktail & Casino Night Fri 13 Oct Welford & Wickham

…plus more on the PP website calendar.


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